Author Archives: Captain Comms

Happy New Year – 2022

Happy New Year to all our members (especially those who have paid their subs for 2022!)

I have posted the program for the coming year on the Programme page so take a look and download copies as required. There is a shooting record as well and I strongly advise you to keep this up to date. You would be surprised how many people we see on the range who haven’t been for ages and think one visit will satisfy the use requirements – you have been warned.

We have planned a full program for the year but it will depend on the ongoing COVID issues and if there are restrictions we will work with the rules to keep shooting as much as we can, Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

We will need to do some work parties this year when the weather improves, I’m sure you can’t wait. Details to follow.

So with a positive outlook for the future, good luck for the coming year. Keep safe and come shooting. If not then why not?

The first 2022 shoot is the Hero event for those hardy enough to turn up.

All the best

DDRC Committee

Sunday 12th – Christmas Shoot – Update

Update – Scores are on the Results page, well shot all, its not really about the scores as the results reflect a very different selection of Firearms used. It was meant to be a fun shoot and that it was. We all had a good blast, didn’t hang around too much or get wet.

We were well stocked with Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls. (thanks to Sharon for heating things up!

Happy Christmas all, pay your subs and we will see you at the Hero Shoot, next year

Toodle Pip

Sunday sees the return of the Christmas shoot and the COF is on the Course of Fire Page. I have now actually added the details to the correct page – apologies!

Essentially its a pairs shoot so find a friend, you will need a Service Rifle and a Scoped Rifle. Three distances 100, 200 and 600.

If anyone wishes to contribute Mince Pies etc then that would be great. There is an entry fee of a wrapped gift to the value of £5.00. No Gift, No shoot.

I will be working out the program for next year when I get a minute but if there are any ‘special requests’ for shoot types then we will consider them.

We ran a 2 day Range Safety last weekend at the range and now have a further 14 qualified Range Safety officers for the club. This was a very successful event and I am delighted that everyone passed and that the NRA were happy with our range management and procedures. There is, however, to be no complacency and we will be reviewing our briefing procedures and range commands in the light of the training. You will also see some new faces stepping up to manage details as a qualification is no use without practice and experience.

This is not about bossing people about but it is about safety and we we need to ensure we continue our high standards.

See you on Sunday and don’t forget the entry fee and Mince pies etc.

Service Rifle 3 28 November Updated

Scores on the Results page. The cold seemed to put many shooters off so it was a low turn out. As it turned out it was indeed very cold so we got through the details promptly and headed home to warm up. Well shot all.

The next shoot will be the Christmas shoot, Details to follow soon.

See you then

Remembrance Sunday 14 November – Update

Update

We had a very busy day with a strong turnout of around 34 shooters. Teams from Dorking , Horsham, Wandsworth and Bookham and a scratch team of three sweeping up the any spares.

The scores are on the results page and we have to congratulate Horsham on winning the day overall with 383.43 closely followed by Dorking A with 381.36 We have been thrashed in the past so this year it was a closer thing. Dorking just squeaked ahead of Wansdsworh by 5 V’s. It was a great day and nice to see so many old friends and the biggest TR turn out we have seen for years. Graeme Cl won the Scoped Individual with 100.19 Andy R with 100.16.

If there are errors on the scoring then its probably a combination of your writing and my eyesight. I think I have it about right but if I have misrepresented any of you then apologies in advance, let me know and I will correct it.

Mark P provided a seemingly endless supply of Bacon Rolls and we managed to raise £250 for the Royal British Legion being the purpose of the shoot. Its a pity we could not get Mark to wear one of his airline uniforms but maybe next year.

We had lots of help with the targets, RO duties and the catering so a huge thank you for all of you who turned out, helped and enjoyed the shoot. After the troubles of recent events its great to see visitors and friends alike. We will try to have another TR teams shoot next year if we can arrange it.

I hope all those attending enjoyed themselves and we look forward to seeing you again

The next shoot is Service Rifle on 28 November

Sunday 31 October A Whyte & Garrick Cup + Notices UPDATED

A few things to mention today:-

Sundays Shoot was (as expected) largely washed out. A few hardy souls ventured forward and I had 4 score cards handed in for those brave enough to brave the elements

So in the TR we had:-

Rob B with 49.3 and Ryan W with 44.0 Excellent shooting the conoditions

In Scoped Rifle we had:-

Mark V with 50.5 and Dick E with 47.6

Both were amazing scores as it was very hard to see the targets. Once we packed up the sun came out! Lets hope we have better luck for the Boar Hill in two weeks

Sundays shoot is the Arthur Whyte and Garrick Cups being 2×15 at 300 and 500 yards. That’s the planned activity but if any of you have seen the weather forecast we may have to retreat to 600 and shoot two details each at that distance. We will decide on the day but I think 600 is highly likely.

Remembrance Sunday 14 November

The Sunday 14th is the Boar Hill Remembrance Sunday shoot and is a TR 2×10 shoot at 300 and 600 yards. We will be inviting visitors and so far have a team from Bookham, Wandsworth and probably Horsham. The missing team for TR where we need a boost if Dorking so if there are some TR shooters please come along and make maintain TR shooting at the club. Scoped Rifle shooters are welcome and can form a Team if you so desire. Teams are of 4 shooters. There will be some sort of refreshments available after the shoot and there is an entry fee of £5.00 per head for Members and £10.00 for Non Members in aid of the Royal British Legion. We will hold a 2 minutes silence at 11am.

Paul Goby

I am saddened to advise that Paul passed away recently after a long illness. We will miss him and wish his family well.

British Summer Time – Ends on Saturday night so the clocks go back 1 hour. Try to remember this and I expect we will have some members turning up early and late as it always confuses everyone.

See you on Sunday

Classic Mc Queens, 17 October – Update

The next shoot is a Classic McQueens at 200x. This is a chance to give those classic sniper rifles an airing as its a bit closer than the normal 300x (but the v bull is tiny).

As usual all scoped rifles are welcome and I will keep the scores seperate.

I have secured a large supply of patches so we wont be sticking white ones on everything.

Lets hope the weather is fine and the radios don’t play up.

See you then.

Update – Scores are now on the results page – well shot everyone

Sunday 3 October Gallery Rifle

Sundays shoot is a Gallery Rifle so time to dig out the old and obscure from the back of the cupboard and bring it along.

This is of course subject to getting enough fuel to get there and back. If this goes on much longer we can convert our vehicles to run on a N140/WD40 combination.

See you on Sunday

Service Rifle Shoot, Sunday 5 Sept – Updated, Results

Update – Scores posted to the Results page, Well shot everyone.

Sundays shoot is Service Rifle as per the schedule.

The Course of Fire has now been added to the Course of Fire Page

We have shot Service Rifle enough for you to all know the drill and bring at least 52 rounds of ammo of your choice.

On a topical note we are sort of back to normal in terms of Covid but I am assuming that everyone has had or (in the case of the younger memebers) is getting their COVID jabs. We have not formalised a no jab no shoot policy (I have not got around to raising it with the committee) but I think / hope you all agree that having a jab will keep us all safer. So if you have not had a jab or have some objection to getting one can you advise in advance if you wish to come shooting and we will discuss it accordingly. Its a bit of a contraversial topic for some but we are careful with firearms and need to be equally careful with our health. Most of us are not as young as we think we are.

See you on Sunday

NRA Range Safety Officer course 4th/5th December 2021

As a club we take range safety very seriously, and the Committee view it as important to maintain safety awareness and for the club to provide training courses from time to time to enable as many club members as possible to become fully qualified in range safety matters. Following on from the success of running the previous NRA RCO course at our Boar Hill clubhouse back in 2017, the club has now arranged to run another similar course at our clubhouse in December. This course will be a NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) course which is essentially the civilian private shooting club range version adapted from the NRA Range Conducting Officer (RCO) course which was primarily designed for military ranges.

Arrangements have therefore been made with the NRA Training Coordinator at Bisley to run a NRA approved RSO course at our clubhouse in Dorking on the weekend of 4th/5th December 2021. The course runs for two days from approx. 09:00 to 16:00 each day. The cost to those attending the course will be the NRA’s individual RSO course attendance fee of £78.00 (reduced to £47.00 for under-25s) for NRA members (these attendance fees are marginally higher if you’re not an NRA member). Separate to those individual fees, the DDRC Committee has kindly agreed that the club will pick up the costs of the NRA course instructors.

Spaces on the course will likely be capped at about 15 attendees and will be filled on a first come first served basis. If there are significantly higher numbers of members wishing to attend this course then the club will look arrange a further course in Spring/Summer 2022.  Those DDRC club members interested in attending this December course should email  dorkingr@gmail.com   and include their name, email address and mobile number. Please be aware that the list will close at midnight on 6th September 2021.